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Mat McLean has established a reputation as one of New Zealand's leading chefs and Palate is regarded as one of New Zealand's best restaurants.
After gaining professional qualifications form Waikato Polytechnic, Mat was awarded a scholarship to work in the UK, where he gained invaluable work experience at two of London's most prestigious Michelin Star restaurants. Following a stint in Melbourne he returned to New Zealand to establish Palate in 2005.
Mat has been a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef since 2009 and is one of only a handful of chefs in New Zealand who now hold the Platinum status. He is a chef with highly developed technical skills, who's committed to cooking with seasonal, local product and is not afraid to experiment with flavours and textures.
Palate has won more national restaurant awards than any other dining establishment in the Waikato including the Best Regional Restaurant in New Zealand in the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards in 2012. In 2014 Mat McLean was announced 'Premier Master of Fine Cuisine' in the inaugural Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.
Mat recently won the 2017 Matariki Dish Challenge and was once again named one of the best restaurants in Hamilton (& NZ) by Cuisine Magazine. He will be celebrating Spring and local flavours with his demonstration, focusing on seasonal produce with Tamahere asparagus and cilantro chevre tortellini.
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